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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:00 am


Discovery science essential to America's progress

Hudson Freeze (June 2) is right – there is too much at stake in terms of health threats from Alzheimer's to zika to put on the brakes in support of research and innovation.

Freeze's discovery of the Taq bacteria, which led to the development of today's vaccines and breakthrough treatments, is one of many extraordinary examples of how federally funded research pays off over and over again. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget severely cuts research critical to national security and better health in order to ramp up the defense budget. Ironically, it is not possible to have a strong national defense without the medical and health research that will ensure the military can recruit healthy volunteers and properly care for wounded warriors. It all starts with basic, discovery science.

A strong majority of Americans (64 percent), across party lines, agree that federal support for basic scientific research is necessary even if it brings no immediate benefits, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America. In order to spur the next technological or medical breakthrough, and to assure that we have a healthier nation, worthy of defending, more constituents in the Hoosier State and across the country must engage policymakers and speak up for science.

Mary Woolley

President and CEO, Research!America

Arlington, Virginia

Dems' disappointments continue to pile up

In response to Jill Case's June 4 letter: I'm delighted to see Fort Wayne liberal rage at losing the most winnable presidential election in the history of the republic because they insisted on nominating the most flawed candidate in the history of the republic runs all the way to Montana's special election for a vacant House seat.

First, I condemn Greg Gianforte's assault on a reporter. That said, I'm delighted he won the special election in a walk. My guess is that had the person Gianforte assaulted been of a more respectable profession, say a mob enforcer, a grave robber or a paid protestor burning an American flag, Gianforte would have suffered more at the polls.

Speaking of “reprehensible behavior,” I suppose Case isn't old enough to remember Bill Clinton's one-man assault on any woman who came within reach. She must have overlooked Barack Obama's weaponizing of the IRS, EPA, DOJ – well-nearly every arm of the federal government against conservatives. She must have missed the anti-fascist fascists' assaults on conservatives at Berkeley, Chicago, Portland – well, anywhere a conservative is scheduled to speak.

My hope is that my schadenfreude at liberals' soul-sucking rage directed at the duly elected president of the United States, (trigger warning) Donald J. Trump, doesn't subside before their rage and that the rage on Case's side does not lead to serious injury or death.

Doug Schumick

Fort Wayne

Criminals, not citizens, deserving of punishment

Hearty jeers are directed toward proponents of new firearm regulations. Rather than pursue additional, onerous laws that impede only responsible firearm owners, you would do better by lobbying our illogical judicial system. Tell them to enforce laws that already exist.

On June 5, the Allen County Prosecutors Office arranged a plea deal for Daquavian Johnson. Charges of murder, carrying a handgun without a license and use of a gun during a crime will be dropped if the deal is approved by Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck. Johnson's sentence is now a mere 12 years in prison; likely he will be back on the streets in six. Hopefully, those who proclaim that guns rather than criminals are the problem will kindly step up and offer Johnson a room in their home when he is released. I'm sure they'll be quite safe.

The act of dropping these charges is a direct slap in the face to all of us who obey firearm laws. It is time that punishment is meted out to criminals, not citizens who respect and obey the law.

Brian Davies

Fort Wayne